Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa

An international conference

18-20 March 2013, Pretoria, South Africa

Image: Global Forum VIII on International Investment, from OECD's Flickr stream - http://www.flickr.com/photos/oecd/4172351446/

What makes African governments invest in agriculture? This Future Agricultures conference brings together key figures from research, politics, donor organisations and civil society to ask:

  • What motivates African governments to invest in different kinds of agricultural development?
  • What influence do domestic politics, external donors and pan-African networks have?
  • How successful can civil society and social movements be in pushing for more pro-poor agricultural policy in Africa?

Organising committee: Colin Poulton (SOAS), Blessings Chinsinga (University of Malawi), Ian Scoones (Institute of Development Studies), Kassahun Berhanu (Addis Ababa University), Augustin Loada (Université de Ouagadougou) and Gaynor Paradza (PLAAS, University of Western Cape).

This conference is co-hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS).


Latest articles

The Future of Farming in Zimbabwe
October 17, 2016 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
The divisive land reform in Zimbabwe in 2000, caused wide-spread controversy and chaos throughout the country, affecting people’s livelihoods. The aftermath of the land reforms and the impacts it has had on small and medium-scaled farming are examined in a

Video: Political Economy conference plenaries
Video: Political Economy conference plenaries
April 17, 2013 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
The six plenary sessions at the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa conference were filmed in their entirety. Watch the videos below to see debates on the BRICS, African co-operation, civil society and the policy process. The conference took

Video: participant interviews
Video: participant interviews
April 7, 2013 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
These short video interviews were filmed with participants at the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa conference. Participants interviewed include Arilson Favareto, Buba Khan, John Barrett, Lidia Cabral, Patience Mutopo, Nancy Kachingwe, Tamani Nkhono-Mvula and Ruth Oniang'o. The conference

Storify: Political Economy conference 2013
Storify: Political Economy conference 2013
March 19, 2013 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
During the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa conference, participants have been sharing information, comments and links with each other and the outside world over social media. Our Storify feed from the event (embedded in this page below) brings

Media competition: Winners announced
Media competition: Winners announced
February 27, 2013 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
We're delighted to announce the winners of our Africa-wide journalism competition on the politics and processes that influence agricultural investment in Africa. The winners are: Print category: Oluyinka Alawode (Nigeria) Audio category: George Kalungwe (Malawi) We had over 40 submissions

Online poll #2: Attracting young people to agriculture
March 15, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
During the Young People, Food and Agriculture conference, we are asking a series of questions on the role young people in Africa play in agriculture. FAC YPF poll #2 Poll #2 There was an error on your page. Please correct any

Voices from Senegal: interviews with young farmers
March 12, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
What do young people really think about farming? Under the FAC Young People and Agrifood Theme, Dr Mohamadou Sall of Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar, Senegal) interviewed young farmers who are working under the REVA Plan. The REVA Plan was

Blog: Urban myths and rural futures for Africa’s young people
Blog: Urban myths and rural futures for Africa’s young people
March 11, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
Are people in Africa really moving as much in one direction - into towns and cities - as is commonly believed? Ahead of our Young People, Farming and Food conference, John Thompson, Future Agricultures Consortium co-ordinator, has written a blog

Reading list: Young People, Farming and Food
February 14, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
If you are attending or interested in our Young People, Farming and Food conference, you may like to read some of the resources below. They are selected examples of the rich body of research and reporting on youth and farming

What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
February 10, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
There is renewed interest in shoring up agriculture as an avenue to economic growth and, more broadly, to development on the African continent. This is evident in current policy and development discourses, in the budgetary and programmatic commitments of governments